Bruno Buchberger has impressively demonstrated how basic research can lead to economic success by founding (1989) and building up the RISC (Research Institute for Symbolic Computation), the Softwarepark including the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg. Today (2021), more than 3000 software experts work and study in the Softwarepark.
Buchberger has been a full professor at the University of Linz since 1974. He has received many international awards for his research, including the “Theory and Practice” award from the US Association for Computing Machinery, the Herbrand Award (Oxford), six honorary doctorates from universities in the Netherlands, Romania, UK, Canada, Italy, and Innsbruck, as well as admission to the Academia Europaea (London). Buchberger’s theory of “Gröbner bases” for nonlinear systems has been cited over 30,000 times. The Journal for Symbolic Computation (Elsevier), which he founded in 1985, is now the most important journal in the field.